Italy Invades our 3-for-$25 Wine Section

Delfina, Locanda, La Ciccia, A16, Acquerello…it’s safe to say that San Francisco has a love affair with Italian food and wine. I, too, have a soft spot for Italian wines because of their affinity with a wide range of food. We just brought in 3 delicious weeknight Italian wines, and I’m confident they’ll satisfy hardcore Italiophiles. We’re showcasing these three in our 3 bottles-for-$25 section:

Villa Tonino Grillo Sicily, Italy 2010 – Grillo is a white varietal that is widely grown in Siciliy for the production of Marsala. This white from Villa Tonino, however, is nothing like Marsala. It’s dry with bright green apple notes and fresh, crisp acidity. I love drinking this with chilled shellfish or grilled sardines. It’s also delicious with goat cheeses like the Fleur Verte or the Andante Fresh Goat Cheese.

Sabbie Morellino di Scansano 2009 – Morellino di Scansano is a DOCG in Tuscany. A blend of mostly Sangiovese (85%), Ciliegiolo and Alicante, this wine has flavors of plum, balsamic, and smoke. Great with our lasagne Bolognese!

Poggionotte Nero d’Avola 2008 – Nero d’Avola is the Zinfandel or Syrah of Sicily. This wine has black and blue berry notes, and is great with meatballs, grilled meats, and game.

I have to say, the time is ripe for a tour of what the Italian wine regions have to offer!

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